Race report

Great double top 10 finish in San Pellegrino Terme

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia

The longest stage of the race awaited the riders this afternoon as they left the start town of Bonferraro di Sorgà, with 177 kilometres to take on, including the tricky Selvino climb and a descent to the finish in San Pellegrino Terme.

It was an incredibly fast start to the stage with lots of attacks, where Marius Mayrhofer was particularly active for the team. The high pace continued as the race ticked by and eventually after over 100 kilometres of action a break of 13 riders gained a one minute and 30 second advantage, with all Development Team DSM riders in the peloton. The bunch didn’t let them go though and it was all back together as the peloton charged onto the ascent of Selvino.

Some probing attacks were made but no one was able to get away and over the top Gianmarco Garofoli and Henri Vandenabeele rode strongly to make it into the reduced peloton. On the wet and tricky descent, the team tried to take advantage of their good descending skills and pushed the pace on, stretching out the bunch. Managing to drop some riders with the group splitting, it became an attacking affair on the flatter final five kilometres. A solo rider managed to time their move well and hold on for the win, with Garofoli leading out Vandenabeele in the sprint behind, finishing in seventh and fourth respectively.

“It was an easier stage today with mostly flat, a ten kilometre climb and a descent to the finish,” explained Vandenabeele. “We decided to follow the other GC contenders today on the climb and see if they would do anything. After the summit, Gianmarco and I put some pressure on in the descent but we weren’t really able to get a gap and nothing much happened. Then one guy escaped in the last kilometre to win and I managed to sprint to fourth place after Gianmarco did well to lead me out.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “We did a really good ride as a team today. It was a tricky stage as it was a flat 130 kilometres to start with and the peloton covered it at a really high average speed. On the last and only climb, the guys did well to position Henri, and Gianmarco supported him well over the top there. We tried on the descent and took the lead, and we actually got a small gap with seven guys but it came back together. In the finish we ended fourth and seventh in the sprint, so overall we can be happy with the stage and we can keep building on that over the next days.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 CHARRIN Aloïs Swiss Racing Academy 3:49:50 7
2 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland Uno-X Dare Development Team 0:01 3
3 BARONCINI Filippo Team Colpack Ballan ,, 1